Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. After their tiff over affairs, what do Amanda and Elyot do?

2. In Act II, what does Amanda reveal to Elyot that first begins to upset him?

3. When he starts getting angry, what does Amanda accuse Elyot of being?

4. What is Elyot's reaction to Amanda's first violent action?

5. What have Amanda and Elyot been doing for the last few days in Paris?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Amanda call out "triple Sollocks?"

2. Why are Amanda and Elyot reluctant to discuss another marriage?

3. What do the reactions of Victor and Sibyl to the spectacle of Amanda and Elyot fighting suggest about their personalities?

4. Elyot muses that he and Amanda are clearly in love after they have a small tiff. Amanda protests that he should not sound so bitter about the fact. Why would Elyot sound bitter or resigned when saying that he and Amanda are in love?

5. Why does Elyot say that, despite their current happiness, being separated was probably for the best?

6. Why would Elyot say that he and Amanda would have been perfectly happy with Victor and Sibyl?

7. At the end of Act II, why does Elyot calling "Sollocks" not work?

8. What sets off the very first argument of Act II?

9. What two things does Elyot do that annoy Amanda that leads up to their biggest fight?

10. At the beginning of Act II, does it appear that Elyot and Amanda have been getting along? How can the reader tell?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the character of Louise. Why is she included in the play? What is the purpose of Sibyl and Victor not being able to understand her foreign language? What does she add to the overall arch of the play?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Sibyl's reaction to meeting Amanda and vice versa.

Essay Topic 3

Victor and Sibyl appear to be two dimensional characters who are firmly stuck in their roles as man and woman. Do you consider these characters to be particularly intelligent? Does their intelligence or lack thereof affect their exaggerated femininity or masculinity? What are some specific examples of these characteristics? How do the other characters react to these qualities? Do you believe that these exaggerations cause their big breakdown at the very end of the play? Were they forced out of their passive roles by Amanda and Elyot's rampant challenging of how men and women are expected to act?

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